Barefoot Conservation

Who are Barefoot Conservation?

Barefoot Conservation is a new and exciting, not-for-profit organisation that takes a fresh look at marine conservation and community awareness.

Our focus is grass roots conservation and community action. Our aim is to engage, educate and empower the local community to make sustainable conservation a way of life, not just a project.

We feel this holistic approach to conservation will give you/us a greater depth of experience and understanding. Through community projects we gain vital insights into the needs and values of the community and how marine conservation efforts can be integrated to benefit local people.

Our conservation strategy is to help the local community build their resilience to climate change, globalization, and the economic and ecological choices the region will inevitably face.

Raja Ampat - Barefoot Conservation Project

Raja Ampat – Barefoot Conservation Project

Arborek Island - Home of Barefoot Conservation

Arborek Island – Home to Barefoot Conservation

Why become a marine conservation volunteer with Barefoot Conservation?

Do you want to work in marine biology or conservation? Do you want to do something life enriching with your GAP year or career break? Are you a scuba diver who wants to take your passion to the next level?

With Barefoot Conservation you will gain practical marine conservation experience in one of the world’s most stunningly pristine and remote locations for marine research.

  • Work with experienced marine scientists and the local community on vital marine conservation projects.
  • Help with our Manta Ray research projects, in partnership with Dr Andrea Marshall of Marine MegaFauna Foundation, and Aquatic Alliance.
  • Learn marine biology field skills essential for scientific and marine conservation research.
  • Get involved in local community projects like English teaching, health care and waste management.
  • Gain recognized scuba diving qualifications, skills and experience.

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. Barefoot Conservation is committed to ensuring you know where your money goes and the real difference your time with us makes.

Make a difference. See a difference. Be the difference.

” When you walk with naked feet, how can you forget the earth ”  – Carl Jung

Manta Ray Programme

English Teaching

New Barefoot Conservation accommodation

The whole experience was so amazing! I will never forget the first time I got to dive with mantas which was crazy! Teaching in the schools and helping the community was also brilliant! So many tears when I left! – Jasmine Cawood 2015 Volunteer    


Marine MegaFauna Foundation

Barefoot Conservation Project Partners


Aquatic Alliance


Raja Ampat Government

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